In My Opinion: It’s time to TransformTO, says the rising lake

“It’s weird seeing 10 carp a metre long thrashing about on the roadway…they are mating most vigourously.” That was the response of an acquaintance to my inquiry about life these days on a partially submerged Toronto Island. The effects of the rising lake are a bit different off the island. Closer to home, our beaches […]

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

What does meaningful public consultation look like?

Globally, we are in the midst of a democratic recession. We are no doubt lucky to live in Canada, but we should also strive to strengthen our democracy where possible, and to guard against decline. At the end of March, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the civic engagement NGO Samara Canada on […]

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

We should stand in solidarity with Muslim-Canadians

When I jointly seconded my colleague MP Iqra Khalid’s Motion 103, I thought it was a no-brainer. In the immediate wake of the Quebec attack, and in the wake of a doubling of hate crimes against Muslim-Canadians over the last three years (while hate crimes overall have decreased), M-103 calls on our government to condemn […]